Board of Directors


Chrys Harris, Ph.D., CTS
Certified Trauma Specialist

Greer, SC USA
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Dr. Chrys Harris has been involved in the practice of psychotherapy in South Carolina since 1975. He has been in the private practice of marriage and family therapy in the Upstate since 1989. Dr. Harris received his clinical training in marriage, family, and sex therapy from the Marriage Council of Philadelphia (post-Doctorate) in 1988. His Doctorate in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University was awarded in 1988; his Masters of Arts in Education in School Psychology from Wake Forest University in 1975, and his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Wofford College in 1973.

Dr. Harris has published numerous scholarly writings including a book, journal articles, book chapters, and manuscripts for the popular press. His most recent publication, a journal article, entitled The Forensic Examination of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is included in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. (2006) (12) 1/2: 83-102.

Dr. Harris is an active member of a number of local, state, national, and international organizations. They include the Mental Health Association of Greenville County, the South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Charter Member).

Bill McDermott

Vice President

Bill Mc Dermott, Ph.D, C.Psych, CTR
Certified Trauma Responder

New Orleans, LA USA
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Bill McDermott has been a practicing Clinical Psychologist and a Trauma Therapist to civilians, first responders and military, a Crisis Responder and a Police Psychologist and Negotiator for over 35 years. He has responded to incidents and disasters throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, Croatia, Bosnia, Rwanda, South Africa and elsewhere. Along with his clinical, consulting and training activities, Dr. McDermott presently serves on the New Orleans Police Department Crisis Unit.


Linda Hood, B.A., CTSS
Certified Trauma Services Specialist

Virgil, Ontario, CANADA
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Linda Hood has worked for 12 years with David Rourke & Associates, running a 24/7 Members Assistance Program for a union. She also has a private counseling practice.
Linda is a volunteer crisis responder with Victim Services Niagara providing support for victims of tragedy and crime in the Niagara Region.
She has been involved with Victim Services since 2003.  She also volunteers as the Conference Co-ordinator for Addiction Studies Forum which hosts the Institute on Addiction Studies each July.
Linda has been a member of ATSS since 2008 and most recently served as the conference chair for the 2010 ATSS conference held in Toronto.



Chair of the Certification Board
Diane Travers. LCSW, CTS
Certified Trauma Specialist

Montclair, NJ USA
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Diane Travers, LCSW, Certified Trauma Specialist is the Clinical Coordinator for Children’s Services at the Mental Health Association of Essex County, Inc where she has been employed for the last eleven years. A clinician for many years, Diane has been responsible for supervising clinicians and graduate students who are serving children and adolescents experiencing behavioral difficulties. She supervises outpatient services for children and many school-based counseling programs primarily in inner city high schools serving adolescents with histories of childhood abuse, domestic violence, gang related violence and other traumatic experiences. Twenty years ago, she started her state’s first trauma response program for children witnessing traumatic events. Since then, she has worked with many children and widows following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. She is a member of the NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Advisory Board which implemented credentialing for trauma responders in the state of New Jersey. She is also an active member of the Essex County Traumatic Loss Coalition and responds to local schools following tragic events. Diane has been an ATSS member for 19 years and has been the Certification Chair for the last five years.


Bonita S. Frazer, CTS
Chair of Professional Development Committee
Certified Trauma Specialist

Buffalo, NY
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Bonita S. Frazer, MS, CTS, FAAETS, a clinician with over 30 years experience in the mental health field, is the Mental Health Emergency Planning Coordinator for Erie County, New York. Bonita holds credentials as a Certified Trauma Specialist, Police Trainer, Disaster Mental Health Instructor, and as an approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Field Traumatologist with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

Through her volunteer work with the American Red Cross and the Western New York Stress Reduction Program, the CISM Team for four Western New York counties, she has offered crisis intervention and CISM services to survivors of critical incidents and disasters and to emergency services personnel who respond to such events.

Bonita is a member of the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART), an all hazard volunteer mobile multidisciplinary public health and medical augmentation team for first responders, emergency managers, and health directors in Western New York. Through this venue, she served as Human Needs Branch Director following the October 2006 snowstorm and the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in February 2009. Bonita is also a volunteer with the Canine Therapy Teams of Western New York, and serves as Vice President of the CISM Network of New York State.

KentLaidlawImmediate Past President
Kent G. Laidlaw, CTR
Certified Trauma Responder

Burlington, Ontario, CANADA
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Kent Laidlaw is a retired police officer having served 31 years with the Halton Regional Police Service. His last posting was as the District Commander for the City of Burlington, Ontario. He then served as Senior Advisor – Policing and as a consultant for the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services for 8 years. He currently operates his own company, Canuckcare, which offers a wide range of services to the corporate sector, emergency service responders and not-for-profit organizations.

Kent offers workshops and training to victim service providers and others in the care giving professions and specialized research and consulting services for the legal profession. He specializes in the areas of death notification, trauma education, debriefings and wellness issues.

He has provided training throughout the United States, England, Austria, Albania and Canada. He has also worked in Bosnia with women who were atrocity survivors.

Kent was the recipient of the Communicator of the Year Award by The Canadian Public Relations Society.

Kent has been a member of ATSS since 1996 during which time he has served on the Board as a member, Vice President and President.


Barbara S. Maurer, MA, LPC, CTS
Certified Trauma Specialist

Certification Board Member

Mahwah, NJ USA
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Barbara S. Maurer MA, LPC, CTS is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Trauma Specialist. She is a trained art therapist, EMDR therapist and clinician. Ms. Maurer has a private therapy practice, lectures nationally, and provides consultation to agencies, schools, and corporations. Ms. Maurer has taken part in the mental health recovery efforts of many disasters including, September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Floyd, and the Southeast Asian Tsunami in Sri Lanka. Ms. Maurer works with survivors in issues of trauma recovery, grief, acculturation, and self care.

Ms. Maurer is a lecturer for many non-profit organizations, government agencies and Corporations. Ms. Maurer served with New Jersey’s Governor Cody’s Task Force for Mental Health as the Chair of Emergency Preparedness and Trauma Advisory Board. In January 2006 she was appointed by Governor Cody to the Professional Examiners Board for Licensing of Professional Counselors.

Maurer joined New Jersey’s Governor Corzine’s “Campus Security Task Force” along with the Department of Homeland Security, to help improve mental health assessment and response services for the state’s institutes of higher education in response to the tragic events at Virginia Tech.

Ms. Maurer currently servers as an Advisory Board member and certification representative for New Jersey’s Disaster Response Crisis Counseling program.


ElenaCherpanovElena Cherepanov, Ph.D., C.Psych, LMHC, CTS
Certified Trauma Specialist

Boston MA, USA
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Dr. Elena Cherepanov is the internationally recognized expert in trauma and trauma-informed care. She specializes in global, collective and cultural trauma, complex emergencies, community mental health, risk management, and crisis intervention. She is a faculty member at Cambridge College and has developed and implemented successful national and international training and educational programs.
Dr. Cherepanov has extensive record serving and advocating for traumatized families and communities, victims of abuse, violence, gender-based violence, refugees, and trauma survivors in criminal justice system, first responders, and servicemen who developed substance abuse issues following traumatic exposure. Dr. Cherepanov has worked in Armenia, Chechnya, Chernobyl, Kosovo and Liberia. She offers trainings on violence prevention, crisis management, cultural diversity, trauma-informed care, and community mental health systems for direct case workers, management and peers advocates.She is the author of over 40 publications.

WayneMWayne Maxwell, MEd, MPA, CCC, FAAETS, CTS 
Chairperson of Membership Committee
Certified Trauma Specialist

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA
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Wayne Maxwell has been involved in the trauma and critical incident stress field for over 30 years mainly in the criminal justice system in Corrections in Atlantic Canada.
He holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology and in public administration focusing on management crisis situations and direct crisis intervention in the public sector.
Wayne presently has his own company which offers services in consulting, training and direct intervention and counseling in crisis situations which involve trauma.
As well as being a member of ATSS since 1998, Wayne is actively involved with a number of associations including, the Naval Officers Association of Canada (Nova Scotia Branch), RCMP Veterans , Nova Scotia Division and the provincial committee of the Nova Scotia Firefighters Association Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He holds certifications with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the Canadian Counselling Association and the Nova Scotia Association of Counselling Therapists.


  Bridget Cantrell, PhD, CTS
  Certified Trauma Specialist

 Bellingham, WA
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Dr. Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., is an award winning author and practitioner that travels extensively around the globe teaching and lecturing military personnel, Chaplains, medical and mental health professionals, and concerned families regarding the different aspects of deployment transitions during and after military service. She has received high acclaim for her re-integration workshops that have been given in both the European and Pacific duty assignments and was appointed the 2008 and 2004 Outstanding Female Non-Veteran for her service to veterans by the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Cantrell is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS). She is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) and The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). In addition, she is one of a small number of specially selected and trained mental health providers for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD Program. Currently she is the Founder and CEO of Hearts Toward Home International, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery and reintegration of trauma survivors.



Jayne Crisp, CTS
ATSS Administrator

Certified Trauma Specialist, Crime Victim Assistance Specialist (CVAS)

Greenville, SC, USA

Jayne Crisp is an international board Certified Trauma Specialist with 40 years experience as a crime victim assistance practitioner and trauma responder. Jayne is the former project director of the Violence Against Women with Disabilities project of Safe Harbor, a comprehensive domestic violence program in the Upstate of SC. Jayne is a Training and Technical Assistance Consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice. She serves on the Greenville County Foster Care Review Board and is the Chair of the Canterbury Counseling Center. She has served as Executive Director of Mental Health America for Greenville and Anderson Counties; Director of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists; and national director of victim services for Neighbors Who Care, a Christian ministry and subsidiary of Prison Fellowship. She was the recipient of the 1991 National Crime Victims Rights Week Presidential Award, is co-author of Helping a Neighbor in Crisis (1997) and editor of Helping Victims of Crime (2011),books written for the faith community. She is the creator of HOUSEWISE STREETWISE, a Presidential award winning child safety curriculum, and Taking The Stand, a video designed to prepare child victims and witnesses to testify in criminal court.


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